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I think the argument is best split into halves: Here’s an example of what they look like: Tutorial 9 Week One often voiced complaint against the harm principle is that the idea of harm is something of a black box into which anything one objects to could potentially be placed. As we shall see, eaz the challenge to articulate principled limits is a far from straightforward task. This has often been seen as a skeptical argument, yet this is not what Bayle intended; what he suggested, rather, was that the truths of religion are of a different epistemological character than truths arrived at by the use of reason alone.

The suggestions are absurd. Imagine next that it changes tack and criminalizes possession and use of tobacco.

Don’t have an account? Princeton University Press, — University Press Scholarship Online. Not everybody accepts in turn Dworkin’s claim that emotional responses cannot be moral responses; but Devlin has nevertheless picked on an emotion—disgust—that is tolerattion susceptible to distortion cf.

I actually suspect, to be sure, that any attempt to coerce gambling along these lines would have many negative side-effects and for this reason should not be prijciple in practice, but this would largely be due to practical and means-ends limits rather than any matter princippe principle.

The table below illustrates some divergence in the views of the leading thinkers associated with the Harm Principle as to the proper limits of the legal coercion. The controversy begins when the question of principled limits is raised.

Autonomy, toleration and the harm principle | University of St Andrews

But, of course, even if that is right, it is the very kind of argument that Rawls and Nagel want excluded from the debate, so could not help them, on their premises, to establish tolerstion conclusion of illegitimacy they seek to establish.


Constitutionalism in the Age of DiversityCambridge: But this is merely a contingent truth and if our houses were built differently the content of the law to be enforced could legitimately be the opposite of what it is. Where they are not, their condemnation is still secure on the basis of the conventional understanding of the nature of those ideas. Devlin gives us nothing to help us discriminate: The state need not lift a finger in defence of worthless options; it has no duty of, say, neutrality to keep itself above the fray between the options that people desire to pursue.

Freedom and Autonomy

So you must restrict your views only to those others who share your views, not impose them on everyone else. In his Persian Lettershowever, he had developed a more comprehensive theory of religious pluralism. I shall continue to do so merely as shorthand. Has confusion here wrought Mill’s masterpiece? The use of coercion may be prohibitively expensive, for example, denting seriously the resources a state might otherwise use to promote other valuable options.

Certainly one will occasionally overhear exchanges with genuine moral content, some of them robust, if one takes Devlin’s advice and catches the Clapham omnibus, but one will also get served up as much prejudgment, as many rationalizations and parrotings, and as much mere emotion. Most notably, it is said, the fact of persistent moral disagreement should push us in this direction. Arthur Miller’s image of the crucible is an apt characterisation of the autlnomy sort of suspicion: It must toleratipn neutral between different views of what makes life good or worthwhile, between, say, charity workers and opera lovers.

On his view it might be permissible to force someone to serve an end if that person can be autnomy adequate reason to share the end, even if he does not accept it. Raz and Dan-Cohen’s arguments are similar in structure. Should this be principel except by practical and means-ends limits and the considerable internal limits that a genuine sensitivity to the truth brings?


Different from this, the third conception of toleration—the respect conception —is one in which the tolerating parties respect one another in a more reciprocal sense cf.

The Limits of Law (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy/Spring Edition)

Even though they differ fundamentally in their ethical beliefs about the good and true way of life and in their cultural practices, citizens recognize one another as moral-political equals in the sense that their common framework of social life should—as far as fundamental questions of rights and liberties and the distribution of resources are concerned—be guided by norms that all parties can equally accept and that do not favor one specific ethical or cultural community cf.

Search my Subject Specializations: There are thus three, not just two normative realms in a context of toleration. Criminalizing the smoking would express disrespect or contempt for the smoker, not because his options are in fact left inadequate, but because a convention has formed giving coercion this sort of meaning. And it may stop A from stealing from B, as it protects inter alia B’s freedom to dispose of his property as he wishes.

This may not lead to a stable social situation in which trust can develop, for once the constellation of power changes, the more powerful group may no longer see any reasons for being tolerant cf. For is not the principle precisely aimed at imposing principled limits on the law, ruling out justifications based on the goodness or worthiness of options? Can it simply enforce what it takes, controversially, to be the right solution?

If one denies that there is anything in principle to restrain a state’s recourse to moral truth in the passing of the law, there is the problem of disagreement. Much behaviour that is criminalized is done under the threat of imprisonment and imprisonment can cut off a very large range of options; or it can reduce them considerably by various forms of disruption or destruction:

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